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This small, privately owned campground is just off the Trans-Canada Highway in the town of Dryden, but far enough from the road that noise is not an issue. We had a hard time getting a phone call back from the park confirming its availability, but did shortly before we got there. The manager was very welcoming and assured us that we could drive our 45’ motorhome to our site without disconnecting the toad. He walked the route ahead of us, directing me to pull out in the grass in order to swing wide and got us into our site without damage -a very helpful start to our stay. Our site was reasonably level, 30 amp connection was fine (50 not available) with acceptable voltage and the sewer was close, but a bit up hill. The park was very clean, with close dumpsters, and with some grass in appropriate places. Wi-Fi was included and worked reasonably well. We would return to the park because we liked it, but there is no way it deserves the 10 rating that was given earlier. It is a better-than-average park made better by a caring manager.

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We picked Arrowhead because the ratings showed it as the best rated park near Winnipeg with full hook-ups and 50 amps. We were happy we stayed there and recommend it to others, especially if they are driving a big-rig. But don’t expect a lot of ambiance if you are in the new expansion section that is the most convenient for large motorhomes. It is just a big, flat expanse of crushed white rock with utilities at proper intervals; not a bit of grass or shrub in that area. But the site was easily accessible coming and going, the utilities were perfect and the sites were all completely level. Wi-Fi is available, but at extra cost. (We also had to pay separately for each device that we wanted access for, which added an extra $7/day for us.) As others have said, management was both friendly as well as extremely helpful. The manager gave us a better introduction to the sights and attractions of Winnipeg than any visitor’s center. So even though your site there might be a bit boring, I recommend it and we would stay here again.

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Campsites are off a large loop road which is on the USA (South) side of the overall Peace Garden. Most sites are “scalloped” drive-through, with the rest back-in. Sites were quite private, with lots of shrubs and trees. The trees were a bit of a problem getting to our site (19), but that was because we drive a 45’ RV and didn’t unhook our toad. It had been raining a lot and there was a fair amount of mud around our site, but it also had a small concrete slab base that we managed to get all six or our rear tires on. Water and 30 AMP electric were fine, but no sewers were available at the sites. The dump site at the exit from the campsite area was user friendly and allowed you to dump from either side of your rig, or from either direction. There was no cell or Wi-Fi reception at the site, but Wi-Fi is available at the building with the café. Cell reception is a problem in the entire area. The park is lovely and worth a visit. If you are staying in a big-rig, I advise unhooking and scoping out your site before pulling in. We enjoyed the park and would stay again.

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We have stayed at this park before, but it has been over two years, so I am doing an update. This year the park is pretty dry and a bit dusty, but access is good for big-rigs, and space between sites is comfortable. While my sewer had no firm connection, the sewer cover held it down securely. All spaces are level. Electricity was at full voltage, and water was fine and easily accessed. Our picnic table needed repairing or replacing. There is a nice pool that we didn’t use. Our site was toward the rear of the park, which made freeway noise almost unnoticeable (which I remember we did notice at our last stay.) There are restaurants within easy walking distance. We were happy with our stay and will stay here again.

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I can’t be nearly as generous with my rating as others have been for Garden of the Gods. After being very clear during our reservation that we were a 45’ motorhome and towing, and we would rather go elsewhere if they didn’t have an appropriate site, we were assured their “executive pull-through” sites would be fine. When we arrived we asked if we should unhook our jeep, but were told it would be no problem to tow it to the site. The site turned out to be between two trees which the guide waived us into only to find that a motorhome does not bend in the middle. We stopped before doing any damage to the coach, but the hitch was solidly crimped and could not be released. The attendant tried to help by stamping on the release lever and bent it flat. After sending him away and much subsequent effort to unhook, back out, and re-enter from a different direction, we found that the site was far too sloped to be able to level (it was off by feet, not inches). The space between rigs was so narrow that our picnic table had to be partly underneath our neighbors slide. And after being hooked up for about 30 minutes, one line of our 50 amp service failed and turned all of our electricity off. With the August heat our pets would have been in real trouble if we had been away. All this I might have expected for a $25 park, but our charge was $57 per night. Water and sewer were fine and the in-house barbeque was good. But we won’t stay again.

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While I wouldn’t think of this park for a longer stay, it is just fine for an overnight. There are flat, concrete pad sites with reliable utilities. We have a 45’ motorhome and tow a Jeep and we had room to spare. There is only gravel between sites and they are fairly close together, but there is a nice grassy area with tables close by. We had a bit of trouble finding someone in one of the two motels that manage this park, but when we did, he was quite helpful. We would stay again if we wanted an overnight stop in the area.

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As much as we liked this little park, it just doesn’t have the amenities to deserve a “9” rating. It is a Plain Jane park with no pool, game room, water slide or Bocce Court. That made it just fine for us since we just don’t use things like that. Management was as friendly and helpful as you could hope for. Our 45’ motorhome + toad fit just fine. The Yellowstone River was just a few yards from our coach and we had a nice grass spot and table to keep us quite content. We would defiantly stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone without kids who can’t live without a waterslide.

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This park has a lot going for it. It was easy for us to get our 45’ motorhome into our site without unhooking our toad. There was a nice grassy area for our table and chairs outside for a glass of wine to watch the turkeys wander about. They had a nice looking pool and a helpful guide to our site, plus an ice cream social that let us meet some fellow travelers. Sewer and water/electric were good quality and well placed. The one thing that they also had was lots of dust. It was enough to mark them down to an “8”. But we would stay here again.

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Key point: This is a park for kids. If you have them, you will probably like the park. If not, maybe you won’t. Since our motorhome is 45’, we reserved a premium end site. They are in the reverse direction from the other sites in the area we were in, but the check-in person sent us in the wrong way and we had to struggle to get turned around. The entry gate to the park uses a key pad that is set for car height. In a coach, you must find someone to push the code for you, because by the time you get out of your rig, punch in and get back in to drive through, the gate will close. At one time the sites had grass areas, but now they have dried out and died, leaving dirt and stickers. Water and electric were fine. The sewer was a stretch. There is a nice, large pool that we didn’t use, largely because it was filled with kids. The office store was very complete and the staff there was as helpful as they could be with a constant stream of people looking for assistance. You must be VERY careful driving in this park, because many very young children walk around completely oblivious to traffic and with no parental supervision and the rental bikes and scooters are likely to show up in front of you unexpectedly. This is not a bad park. You should just know what you are getting unto.

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I was a bit concerned about stopping at this park after the last review, but it still looked like the best in the area. We had stayed at the park a few years ago and we remembered it as being OK. This time we found it quite acceptable. Some of the turns in the park (and around the traffic circles coming in from the highway) were pretty tight for our 45’ motorhome towing a large jeep, but they all worked. The first site suggested had shrubs that would have been a problem with our slides, but they quickly moved us to a very clear and open one with a 70’ pull-through. I didn’t check the restrooms, but the rest of the park was clean, quiet and had very helpful management. The sites have 30 amp service, but since air conditioning is seldom required, this is not a negative. My only complaint was that the sewer drain was at the far back of the space, and since we didn’t want to disconnect our Jeep, required an extension to connect, but worked fine. We would definitely stay here again.

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We stayed here for the first time for an overnighter when the J&H RV Park across the highway had no pull-throughs available. The prior reviews describe the park fairly well: Lots of trees, family oriented, OK spacing between sites and a nice feel to the park. However, we drive a 45’ motorhome and we tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We realize we won’t fit in many parks, so we are very careful communicating our size and length when we reserve a spot. This KOA has only a few sites that actually accommodate us, and we didn’t get one of them. A slightly distracted lady led us to our site in her cart, but left us to fend for ourselves when we didn’t fit between the trees there. We tore off branches or bent them back to get in but in the meantime we were scratching our sides and blocking the main road for others. If you drive a rig like ours, make sure you can use one of the premium end sites close to the entrance and even then you might not get out unscathed.

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I was a bit pessimistic when we arrived at this park. It was mostly gravel that looked like it might be dusty and very little grass. Dust turned out to be not an issue and the park was very quiet and pleasant. Big-rig access was very good. The back-in spaces at the end of the park had a bit more space. The pull-through spaces in the interior were pretty tight. They had a patch of grass each, but shared as a result of the alternating pull in directions. Management was pleasant and helpful and the park was very well kept. Mosquitos were an issue at sunset but not at other times. We would return to this park if we were in the area.

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I agree with the previous reviewers, but will not rate them quite as high. The park has easy access, about a half mile from the entrance to Mesa Verde Nat. Park. Water quality was perfect (you may want to refill your fresh water tank here), sewers ran downhill, attentive management led us to our site which was almost level and the entire park was kept completely clean. In my scoring that earns them an 8. That is very good. My only complaints during our stay were that we were close enough to the highway to have quite a bit of road noise and our Wi-Fi reception was poor. You may wish to pass on the roomy “premium sites” and take a bit smaller spot further from the road. This is the best park in the area by far and we recommend it and will stay here again the next time we are near.

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We were lucky enough to snag a coveted waterfront site when we stayed here, but unfortunately for only two nights. The alternatives available after we had to move, were weak enough that we decided to change campgrounds instead of taking a poor site. Seafront sites have no sewer, but a “honey wagon” is available for a reasonable cost ($7 for one tank and $12 for both). Our oceanfront site was truly delightful, with the sea, tides, birds and shrubs making us feel quite disconnected from the rest of the large campground. There is something about this park that seems to encourage a friendly interaction among campers that we enjoyed a lot. Dog owners (which we aren’t) will really like the enclosed run that allows friendly dogs to frolic without leashes. The middle of the park lobster pound was another feature that we thought added to the Maine ambiance. We would stay here again if we could get the right site.

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While this nice park may be a bit out-of-the-way for some, we enjoyed our three days here and burned a lot of gas in our toad looking at this part of Maine. The park has easy access for big-rigs, good utilities and pretty level sites. We didn’t try the next-door park restaurant, but heard it was good. Management was helpful and everything was well maintained. We would stay here again.